One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey) a finance officer or treasurer, especially a provincial accountant general.
- ‘The defterdar kept a book of all the inhabitants in every town or village, by the help of which the sultan levied taxes.’
- ‘Thus, for the appointment of a vizier or defterdar, the grand vizier's recommendation to the sultan and/or direct consultation was required.’
- ‘In October 1822, Ismail was burnt to death by Nimr; and the defterdar, a man infamous for his cruelty, assumed the command of those provinces, and exacted terrible retribution.’
- ‘Murad advanced the reformation of the state and founded such entities as the divan, the beylerbey, the kaziasker and the defterdar.’
- ‘The taxation system of the Ottoman Empire was also regulated by the information of the defterdars to central government regarding the tax liabilities of the population.’
Turkish, from Persian daftardār, from daftar ‘register’ + -dār ‘holder’.
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